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Thread: Sakai Takayuki Syousin Sakura 240mm Gyuto Passaround in the US

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoqaVin View Post
    any kind of list been formulated yet?
    not yet but very soon, I want to wait for a bit until they arrive to Jim without any problems.

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    Just want to update the thread. The knives have landed here in the states and imo they are going to be well received. I've just had a chance to use them for dinner tonight but early indications are very good.
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    Well this sounds promising! Go on...

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    Just saw this... I'd like to participate if it's not too late (Washington, DC)

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    I am going to bow out of this passaround. I just broke open my 240 Gyuto today and it is quite simply amazing. You guys are in for a treat!!
    Plus I'm not really into the Kiritsuke, solely for the shorter heel height alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc4pt0 View Post
    Well this sounds promising! Go on...
    ...sorry I know I'm late to the party for you, but for others I'll throw in a few quick notes. The gyuto arrived with a decent edge and the K-tip just needed a bit of stropping on a 5k stone to freshen up before use.

    The K-tipped gyuto originally captured my attention and think I'll add one to my collection at some point, but had to go back to what I (think I) know which is the straight gyuto.

    I haven't had a knife from Sakai in my collection (to my knowledge) so this one comes in a bit shorter at ~232 (~230 K-tip) than what I am used to for a 240 so I believe that I may prefer a 270 in this line. But the kicker comes with the weight--it's right at 248g (242g k-tip) which is quite hefty. I would attribute some of that to the handle which is on the larger size--perfect for my tastes though it may be on the large side for some? Not sure of the wood, but the finish leaves a good bit of grip even when wet and is complemented by a nice piece of somewhat marbled horn. Balance point is just forward of the heel--again in my case I would likely go with a 270 which would likely move the balance point out to a slightly more familiar (to me) position. Height at heel is ~48 on gyuto (45 K-tip). The spine tapers to a very thin tip on both knives for detail work.

    The profile is nice for push/pull cuts and chopping--strictly personal here so depends on what you like. I should mention here that the K-tip is really flat and that is what captured my interest initially.

    The finish is interesting and I would wind up enjoying it until the first thinning and then going with something easier (for me). I only say this because the grind marks on the top of the knife run diagonally and the lines below that (secondary bevel) run parallel to the edge. Really has a cool look but my lazy ass wouldn't be able to maintain it.

    Shanop's pictures of the choil in the first post of his review are better than I can take and do more to describe the grind than I can as well. The knife cuts great and has very good release without being overly convexed. I experienced a slight bit of wedging on large carrots and large onions but nothing annoying. I really like the grind whatever it is...again the knife just cuts really well.

    So far I've used it on carrots, onions, garlic, beets, potatoes, acorn squash, chicken, pork, and ginger with no complaints.

    That's it so far...
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    Thanks very much for the detailed review Jim, really appreciate your input
    I will come up with the list today.

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    Do we have a pass around list firmed up China-Jim?

    Thanks again James
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    Jim is helping me composing the list, it is likely to go to Mucho Bocho and Bill13 who are also in NC first, and possibly another member before making their way to Karring (mr drinky) in Minneapolis to join the knife gathering party. After which the passaround will continue as normal.

    Will keep you posted.

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    Knives have shipped and should be in Raleigh in a few days.

    Enjoy MB!
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